Throughout our courses we balance our teaching with performances. The teaching in each department relates to the performance blocks in rehearsal.
At the beginning of the course all students work on a number of short scenes from contemporary scripts before moving onto Chekhov.
Students then join those from the second year of the 2 Year Diploma course to perform pantomimes which tour local schools.
In the new year students begin with a Shakespeare workshop, exploring his first folio, before moving onto Shakespeare comedy and serious performances. The final performance block of the spring term is Restoration.
The final term begins with a film/TV project and the Graduation Showcase before students join their colleagues on the 2 Year Diploma course for the Graduation Productions, playing at least one major role as close as possible to their likely casting in the profession.
Throughout the course there is the opportunity to hone talents which an actor may be called upon to use. There is an annual cabaret, singing concerts and a dance and singing performance.
As an acting school we focus on just that. As the courses progress we add more and more production values. At the start of each course, the performances are ‘bare bulb’ shows without sound or costume. These are added to steadily by our directors and our in-house technician and costume department, until we reach the final public performances when we have a large crew of freelance technicians from all specialisms to mount full productions.
2 Year Diploma in Professional Acting
Despite my age, which in retrospect works in my favour, training at DSL has been one of the best life choices I have made. For that I will be forever grateful.